US Coast Guard unloaded over 33,000 pounds of cocaine in San Diego

The US Coast Guard announced that it has unloaded a huge haul of cocaine seized in San Diego, California, worth an estimated $468 million.

About 34,000 pounds of the illegal drugs were seized when the Coast Guard’s Munroe Patrol Boat engaged eight suspected drug-smuggling vessels off the coast of Mexico and Central and South America in February and March.

Captain Lula Deisher of the Coast Guard vessel Monroe said the cocaine seizure was testament to the “dedication and grit” of the crew.

“The crew did an incredible job over long hours and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Deicher said. news release“Their dedication and bravery demonstrates that Munro is one of the finest national security cutters in the fleet. We are committed to keeping our nation safe by stopping illegal drugs before they reach our streets.”

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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard’s USS Munro (WMSL 755) unloads 33,768 pounds of cocaine, May 28, 2024, in San Diego. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Schnabel/U.S. Coast Guard 11th District)

This is the Coast Guard’s largest seizure since October, when it announced the seizure of 33,200 pounds of cocaine and 12,400 pounds of marijuana.

The unloaded drugs were seized in 13 separate incidents in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean in October.

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“This offload is a matter of national security,” said Vice Adm. Kevin Landay, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Atlantic Sector. “It’s part of a very large, powerful interagency team working closely with our allies and international partners to interdict the maritime smuggling of dangerous and illegal drugs into the United States.”

The Coast Guard seized $55 million worth of cocaine and marijuana.

The Coast Guard seized $55 million worth of cocaine and marijuana. (Coast Guard)

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U.S. drug enforcement efforts involve every federal law enforcement and defense agency, including the Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, FBI, and Department of Justice.